Exciting actions and themes accompany the 40th anniversary of REHACARE 2017. ETH Zurich, in cooperation with REHACARE, is currently organising a CYBATHLON Experience, a new event format around the CYBATHLON concept.
During this event in Dusseldorf, visitors to the fair will be able to better understand uses and limitations of assistive technologies for people with disabilities. In addition, CYBATHLON is pursuing two of its main objectives: promoting inclusion of people with disabilities and raising public awareness.
In hall 4, show races will take place, whereby people with physical disabilities will compete supported by advanced assistive robotic systems. One race track for wheelchairs and one for exoskeletons will be provided. At the competitions, exhibitors at REHACARE can also participate with pilots - as the CYBATHLON participants are called.
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Promote cooperation and exchange
The CYBATHLON as a platform supports the research, development and implementation of modern assistive technology systems. It is about the question of how well people with disabilities can already be supported in their daily lives by technology and what developments could be made in the future. Therefore, the participants all face tasks relevant to everyday life, such as climbing stairs in an exoskeleton or rolling over uneven ground in wheelchairs.
The aim is to promote cooperation and exchange between technology developers, industry and universities with people with disabilities in order to develop assistive systems that are optimally adapted to the needs of their users.
The first CYBATHLON was successfully implemented by ETH Zurich in October 2016.
In Kloten near Zurich, 4,600 visitors attended a packed-out arena and enthusiastically followed the competitions of 66 international pilots from 25 countries with their technical teams in six disciplines.
The second edition of CYBATHLON will take place in Zurich in 2020.